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‘Terminator: Dark Fate’ and ‘Motherless Brooklyn’ draw yawns at box office

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'Terminator: Dark Fate' and 'Motherless Brooklyn' draw yawns at box office

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While Paramount's "Terminator: Dark Fate" won the box office, opening first with $ 29 million, the result is well below analysts' projections of $ 35 million to $ 40 million, according to estimates by measurement firm Comscore. . The previous installment of the series, “Terminator: Genisys,” also had a bad showing, with $ 27 million in 2015 and an extended weekend on July 4th.

The box office was another hit, down 20.9 percent from the same weekend last year when "Bohemian Rhapsody" opened with $ 51 million. The accumulated of the year fell 5.2% compared to 2018.

Dark Fate's $ 185 million is the sixth entry in the Terminator franchise and the third attempt to revive the series in a decade. Although the sequel sparked a stir at Comic-Con for being the first entry since late 1991 for "Terminator 2: Judgment Day" to reunite series creator James Cameron and starring Linda Hamilton and Arnold Schwarzenegger, viewers did not appear.

"The box office fate of many longtime franchises has been mixed," said Paul Dergarabedian, media analyst at Comscore. “Some rely heavily on their box office outside North America to recoup their generally sizable production costs. "Terminator: Dark Fate" has been adopted by fans and has received strong reviews so it can be played over the next few weeks. "

He added: “The current market is extremely busy and competitive, and the & # 39; Joker & # 39; became a great and unbelievable longtime breaker who essentially reached almost every other audience in the new movie and dominated the fall season in a way that might not have been foreseen just a few months ago. "

"Dark Fate" was also allegedly plagued by production issues, including a bloated budget, script issues, creative battles between Cameron and director Tim Miller ("Deadpool"), and a bleak scenario for days.

“Dark Fate” received positive reviews with a CinemaScore B-plus and a “fresh” score of 69% on the Rotten Tomatoes review site.

Second, the Warner Bros. "Joker". continued its success in the fall, adding $ 13.9 million over the fifth weekend to $ 299.6 million. Globally, the film reaches an impressive $ 934 million.

In third place, Disney's "Malevolent Lover of Evil" added $ 12.2 million on its third weekend to $ 84.3 million.

Fourth, Harriet Tubman's biography, Harriet Tubman, debuted at $ 12 million, slightly above analysts' projections of $ 10 million.

Directed by Kasi Lemmons ("Eve's Bayou"), the film stars Cynthia Erivo as the freedom fighter. It was well received with an A-plus CinemaScore and a 73% "fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

Rounding out the top five, United Artists Releasing's "Addams Family" added $ 8.5 million over its fourth weekend, for a cumulative total of $ 85.3 million.

Sixth, Sony's "Zombieland 2: Double Tap" added $ 7.3 million over the third weekend to $ 59.3 million.

In 7th place, STX Entertainment's "Countdown" added $ 5.9 million on its second weekend (down 34%) to $ 17.8 million.

Eighth, Sony's "Black and Blue" added $ 4.1 million on its second weekend (a 52% drop) for $ 15.4 million.

In 9th place, Warner Bros. opened the $ 3.7 million crime drama "Motherless Brooklyn," well below analysts' $ 10 million projections.

Edward Norton serves as writer, director, producer, and star of the $ 26 million movie, an adaptation of Jonathan Lethem's novel about a private investigator from the 50's with Tourette's syndrome, who is seeking to solve his murder. mentor.

The film, which got a 62% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes, also features Bruce Willis, Gugu Mbatha Raw, Alec Baldwin and Willem Dafoe.

Rounding out the top ten, Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures' "Arctic Dogs" debuted at $ 3.1 million, well below $ 10 million analyst projections.

The $ 50 million movie shows Jeremy Renner as the voice of Swifty, the Arctic fox, a mail delivery worker. John Cleese, Anjelica Huston, James Franco, Heidi Klum and Alec Baldwin also lend their voices to the film, which won a lousy B-less CinemaScore and did not display criticism.

Also new this week, Netflix released Martin Scorsese's criminal drama "The Irishman" in eight locations in New York and Los Angeles. Netflix does not report its box office earnings.

Starring Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, and Joe Pesci, the 3.5-hour crowd drama cost $ 160 to $ 200 million to produce. It has a 97% "fresh" Rotten Tomatoes score and will be released on the streaming service on November 27.

Limited releases continued well, including Neon's "Parasite", which added $ 2.6 million on its fifth weekend, with a screen average of $ 5,705 and $ 7.5 million accumulated.

Fox Searchlight's "Jojo Rabbit" added $ 2.4 million at 256 locations (up from 55) on its third weekend, totaling $ 4.3 million.

A24's "The Lighthouse" added $ 2 million on its third weekend for a cumulative $ 7 million.

101 Films "The Current War: Director's Cut" added 60 locations and $ 1.2 million on its second weekend for a cumulative total of $ 5 million.

Sony Pictures Classics expanded "Frankie" on 11 screens (out of four) to $ 26,259, to an average per screen of $ 2,387 and an accumulated $ 52,360.

Utopia has released Errol Morris's Stephen K. Bannon documentary, "American Dharma," exclusively at the Film Forum in New York. He won $ 7,522 and opens Friday in Los Angeles.

This week Warner Bros. opens Stephen King's "Doctor Sleep" adaptation, Universal releases the romantic comedy "Last Christmas", Lionsgate reveals the action drama "Midway" and Paramount debuts the family comedy "Playing With Fire". In limited release, Amazon opens Shia LaBeouf's drama "Honey Boy."

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